Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Opiod overdoses: Ontario Strategy

Conclusion: This study suggests opportunities for improving OD outcomes. Those who receive higher quantities of prescription opioids concurrent with other psychotropic medicines may need closer monitoring to avoid death, repeated OD events, higher service use, and higher service costs. Other opportunities for improving OD outcomes include the use of electronic health records to notify physicians of high-risk patients and updating of guidelines/operation manuals focused on the distribution of naloxone to those in highest need.

The measures include expanding access to Suboxone, which helps treat opioid addiction by stopping cravings and preventing withdrawal symptoms. The drug is considered safer than methadone, with "significantly less" risk of fatal overdose, according to information from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The province has just added the drug to its Drug Benefit Formulary. Adocument from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care shows that Suboxone in 2 mg and 8 mg strengths has been changed from "limited use" to "general benefit" on the formulary.

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